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Department
Comparative Literature and Culture
Course
Comparative Literature and Culture 1020
Professor
All Professors
Semester
Fall

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TheGildedAge18771900ReconstructionperiodisoverWhitesouthernDemocratstakebackthesouthoElectedtoofficeWanttorestoretheracialhierarchythatwasinplacebeforetheCivilWarJimCrowlawsinstitutedolegalsegregationWhatwastheGildedAgeandwhatwereitsdefiningcharacteristicsoFallsbetweenroghly18771900oEnormouswealthaswellasenormousinequalityoCauseofthisenormouswealthwasanalmostsecondindustrialrevolution13oftheworldsindustrialoutputoriginatesfromtheUSoBythe1880samajorityoftheworkingforcearenolongerinfarmingandmoreinindustriallabouroAperiodofrapideconomicexpansionoAlotofthiseconomicalfortuneiscreditedtotheGreatLakesregionoIronsteelmachinerychemicalsfoodproductionAlotofcannedsouppackagedcrackersindustrializationofagricultureoThereweretechnologicalinnovationsinmanufacturingSteelproductionFlourmillingandrefrigeratedrailcarsMadewayformeatpackersFarmmachineryAlexanderGrahamBellthetelephone1876ThomasAlvaEdisonthephotograph1877andtheincandescentlightbulbBothoftheaboveinventionsspawnedverylargecompaniescenteredaroundtheseproductsoRailroads186230000milesoftrack188094000milesoftrackOpenednewareastofarmingandresourceattractionTranscontinentalrailroad1862PacificRailwayBill1869metatPromontoryUTBy1900therearefivetranscontinentallinesoEconomicconcentrationMonopolycapitalism18971904over4000firmswereabsorbedbylargermorecompetitivefirms
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